On the 27th of October, first the Poor People's Campaign (PPC) and
then Casa staged protests at the Supreme Court. After PPC marched to the
Hart Building for a failed attempt to deliver letters, Casa's activists
marched on the same area between the Capitol and the Supreme Court and
blocked 1st st NE. In response a torrent of bike cops showed up, seemingly the standard Capitol Police response to ANYTHING.
The PPC was demanding that Congress pass Biden's Build Back Better
act-and than Manchin and the so-called "Moderates" (meaning right-wing
"centrists" in the Dems) stop trying to strip out the most useful
provisions. CASA was demanding an end to treating anyone as "illegal"
which would require a complete end to deportations and the rest of the
racist US persecution of migrants.
One CASA deployed, the usual massive bike cop response activists
have come to expect from the Capitol Police appeared. The Capitol Police
rely on this light cavalry unit for seemingly everything
protest-related. This tactic however would not have worked on Jan 6,
when violent white supremacists and Trumpers descended on the Capitol.
The much more heavily equipped Proud Boys and 3%'ers would have just
pushed or fought their way through. Light cavalry cannot stop heavy
infantry in a melee battle